Patterns of the Cucumber (Gourd) Family

The Watermelon(Citrullus) is in the Gourd Family of plants(Cucurbitaceae). There are over 850 species in this plant family, including 3 different genus’: Cucurbita, Cucumis, and “others” (Watermelon, Chayote, and Vegetable Sponge). The Gourd Family typically consists of vining plants. The flowers on them are unisexual and also have 5 separate petals and 5 united petals. Some members of the Family also contain toxic alkaloids, which are any of a class of naturally occurring organic nitrogen-containing bases. Alkaloids have diverse and important physiological effects on humans and other animals.

- Prepared by Leo

Sources:
http://agriculturenigeria.com/farming-production/horticulture/watermelon http://www.irinnews.org/news/2008/05/13 
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